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“Sonata for Harp and Bicycle”. By Joan Aiken. Setting: . Present Day and 50 years ago; over 2 days; Halloween London, England Grimes Building - haunted. Characterization:. Jason Ashgrove – copy writer; is cursed by the ghost of W. Heron (hair turns white) Curious

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setting
Setting:
  • Present Day and 50 years ago; over 2 days; Halloween
  • London, England
  • Grimes Building - haunted
characterization
Characterization:
  • Jason Ashgrove – copy writer; is cursed by the ghost of W. Heron (hair turns white)
    • Curious
    • Devises a plan to reunite ghosts
    • Jumps off escape ending curse
    • Falls in love with Miss Golden
  • Bernice Golden – Jason’s secretary
    • Gives Jason clues about mystery
    • Helps Jason because she loves him
  • William Heron – ghost haunts building for 50 yrs.
    • AKA the wailing watchman on bike
    • Kills himself after feeling rejected by Daisy
  • Daisy Bell – music teacher
    • Ghost who haunts building
    • William’s love
    • “pines away” = broken heart
conflicts
Conflicts:
  • Type - Man vs. AF (Jason vs. curse/ghost)
    • Develop - Jason is told he will die within five days. He must figure out a way to beat the curse.
    • Resolution – Jason reunites William and Daisy; beating the curse
themes
Themes:
  • “Love makes one accomplish great things”
  • “Love survives time and death”
  • “Love conquers all”
literary elements
Literary Elements
  • Point of view – 3rd person
  • Foreshadowing –
    • “the bell tinkled its tiny warning”
    • “No one is allowed to stay in the building after 5pm”
    • Fire escape, harp, bike
  • Situational Irony – The ghosts haunt the building for 50 years, but they never meet
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